Design of a gas forming technology using the material constants obtained by tensile and free bulging testing
Uniaxial tensile testing is a most common way of obtaining the information about the constitutive behavior of a material during gas forming. At the same time for industrial applications it is important to know the material behavior in a biaxial tension mode, which is much closer to the one realized in a shell during forming process. The paper focused on the investigation of the differences between the gas forming technologies designed in FEM based CAE system using the material parameters obtained in conditions of uniaxial and biaxial tension. The rheological characteristics of AMg6 aluminum alloy obtained by tensile and free bulging testing are analyzed and compared. The comparison shows that the constitutive data obtained by these methods are different. The effect which these differences could provide to the design of a gas forming technology was studied. A pressure regime for an aircraft part forming which maintains the maximum strain rate at constant level was calculated using finite element simulation for the both sets of constitutive constants. The calculated pressure regimes were then realized experimentally and the differences between the deformed specimens were analyzed.
The paper presents a simple technique for the characterization of materials superplasticity by free bulging tests, which is based on inverse analysis. The main idea of this technique is a semianalytical solution of the direct problem instead of finite element simulation which allows one to reduce the calculation time significantly. Presented method use experimental time-thickness and time-dome height of the workpiece dependancies as initial experimental data. Presented method has been applied for AZ31 magnesium alloy at 520. Received properties have been veracity via simulation by finite element method. Obtained time-height relations were comparison with the data presented in the literature.
The exploration of icy satellites such as Saturn’s moon Enceladus or Jupiter’s moons Europa and Ganymede is one of the popular branches in modern space research. Each icy body has its own feature: water ice presence on Enceladus, cryo-vulcanism on Ganymede, Europa’s smooth shell. Also conditions on these moons allow speculation about possible life, considering these moons from an astrobiological point of view.
Research in the last decade shows that there should be a deep ocean (the estimated thickness varies up to 100km) under the icy sheet of Europa. The estimated thickness of the ice on Ganymede varies up to 800km. To study this possible ocean and to look for life’s traces, it is necessary to penetrate the icy sheet. This means that special equipment should be designed. On the Earth, similar kinds of probes have been used successfully to study glaciers. Use of such probes enables extrapolation from terrestrial to extraterrestrial application.
There are several ways to penetrate through the ice. The authors consider these possibilities and explain why, in the case of exploration of icy moons, a melting probe is preferred.
Other unsolved problems are in the areas of analyzing how the probe will move in low gravity and low atmospheric pressure; whether the hole formed in the ice will be closed when the probe penetrates far enough or not; what is the influence of the probe’s characteristics on the melting process; and what would be the order of magnitude of the penetration velocity. This study explores the technique based on elasto-plastic theory and so-called “solid water” theory to estimate the melting velocity and to study the melting process. Based on this technique, the authors considered several cases of melting probe motion, estimated the velocity of the melting probe, studied and discussed the influence of different factors, and propose an easy way to optimize the parameters of the probe.
The results concern roll pass design for rolling a round bar of a 20mm diameter from a 55mm diameter input. Concerning materials, this roll pass design must cover a wide range of steels, from low-carbon micro-alloyed steels to stainless steels. The roll pass design proposal takes into consideration lower plasticity of certain steels. The comparison was enabled by suggesting two roll pass designs. The classical oval-round roll pass design, where the maximum extension coefficient is set to 1.55 in oval and 1.22 in round grooves. The second roll pass design uses a combination of smooth part of the roll (curves) and round roll passes. Distribution of the extension coefficient in individual passes is similar to that of oval-round series. The paper also compares values of energy-force parameters calculated analytically using the method of finite elements. If we compare the distribution of temperature, stress and size of the grain, it is proved that the oval-round roll pass designs are the best as far as the balanced distribution of the above-mentioned values is concerned. The roll pas design combining smooth part of the roll with a round part does not achieve such balance. However, its advantage lies in far lower requirement for the needed length of the working part of the roll. Five passes are carried out on the smooth part of the roll, which considerably cuts down the required length of the roll body. Therefore it is this variant that will be used in the laboratory of wire rolling created within the project RMSTC.
Mechanical performances of titanium biomedical implants manufactured by superplastic forming are strongly related to the process parameters: the thickness distribution along the formed sheet has a key role in the evaluation of post-forming characteristics of the prosthesis. In this work, a finite element model able to reliably predict the thickness distribution after the superplastic forming operation was developed and validated in a case study. The material model was built for the investigated titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V-ELI) upon results achieved through free inflation tests in different pressure regimes. Thus, a strain and strain rate dependent material behaviour was implemented in the numerical model. It was found that, especially for relatively low strain rates, the strain rate sensitivity index of the investigated titanium alloy significantly decreases during the deformation process. Results on the case study highlighted that the strain rate has a strong influence on the thickness profile, both on its minimum value and on the position in which such a minimum is found.
This study proposes a method for determination of material characteristics by inverse analysis of free bulging tests results. The blow-forming tests were carried out at the temperature of 415 °C using aluminum alloy (AMg-6) sheets of a 0.92 mm thickness. Each test was performed at constant pressure. For each fixed value of pressure, a series of experiments was carried out with different forming times to obtain evolutions of dome height H and thickness s. Two different constitutive equations were used to describe the dependence of flow stress on the effective strain rate: the Backofen power equation and the Smirnov one taking into account an s-shape of stress-strain rate curve in the logarithmic scale. The constants of these equations were obtained by least squares minimization of deviations between the experimental variations of H and s and ones predicted by a simplified engineering model formulated for this purpose. Using the Smirnov constitutive model to describe the dependence of flow stress on strain rate, unlike the classical power law, makes it possible to analyze the variation of strain rate sensitivity index m with strain rate. On the basis of the obtained data, the optimum strain rate for AMg-6 processing was estimated as one corresponding to the maximum of strain rate sensitivity index. The validity of the proposed method was examined by finite element simulation of free bulging process.
This volume presents new results in the study and optimization of information transmission models in telecommunication networks using different approaches, mainly based on theiries of queueing systems and queueing networks .
The paper provides a number of proposed draft operational guidelines for technology measurement and includes a number of tentative technology definitions to be used for statistical purposes, principles for identification and classification of potentially growing technology areas, suggestions on the survey strategies and indicators. These are the key components of an internationally harmonized framework for collecting and interpreting technology data that would need to be further developed through a broader consultation process. A summary of definitions of technology already available in OECD manuals and the stocktaking results are provided in the Annex section.